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Today's News

  • Hilltoppers all over

    The way Steven Rucker sees things, Anderson County boys' tennis will look a bit like his college alma mater this year.

    "I think we can be just like the Tops!" Rucker, a graduate of Western Kentucky University says. In comparing the team he coaches with the Hilltoppers' NCAA basketball tournament run, Rucker says, "I think we are sitting here and not too many people know about us or expect a lot out of us, but I think we are going to surprise some people."

  • Two arrested on meth charges

    Two Mercer county residents were arrested March 26 on charges of possessing material used in the production of methamphetamine, according to reports from the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

    Brian E. Neikirk, 33, and April S. Cheak, 28, were arrested during a traffic stop on Hilltop Drive. Officer Jeremy Cornish pulled the vehicle over for disregarding a stop sign. The stop resulted in the discovery of the items used in the production of meth.

  • Here's what really counts

    Like millions of Americans spread from coast to coast, I was glued to the tube watching basketball much of last week.

    But during a lull in the action, I chanced upon a PBS broadcast of the "Crossroads Guitar Festival," a music festival and benefit concert hosted by Eric Clapton in 2004 and again in 2007.

  • Bus policy would hit day cares hard

    "I'll probably pull my kids out of public school and put them in the Christian Academy ... or move," she said.

    Blankenship lives in the Robert B. Turner Elementary School district, but works three minutes away in the Emma B. Ward Elementary School district at Imagination Station Child Care, 1512 Alton Road, where she is the assistant director, she said.

    The school system's transportation policy, which was not altered when the Board of Education approved attendance areas March 17, states that students will only be transported to and from their geographical attendance area.

  • Next year is now

    Next year really is here for Anderson County baseball.

    "This is the team we have been waiting for," says Bearcat head coach L.W. Barnes. "Our expectations are very high."

    That's pretty bold talk for a team that finished 18-19 a year ago, never won more than three straight in the last month of the season and does not include a single player that has experienced a regional tournament win.

  • Bus policy puts pinch on parents

    Transportation issues dominated the conversation at the first of three informational meetings about the new Anderson County attendance areas Monday night.

    A majority of the 25 to 30 parents at the Saffell Street Elementary School meeting weren't there to criticize the new attendance area plan, but to question the effect the plan would have on transporting their children to after school care.

  • Bill stumps for Hillary Tuesday in Frankfort

    Thousands jammed into the Frankfort Convention Center on Tuesday morning, filling it to capacity. They came to listen to former President Bill Clinton explain why Kentuckians should support his wife Hillary in her run for the presidency.

    "First, I'd like to thank Kentuckians for voting for me twice," said Clinton, who carried the state both times he was elected president.

    "The economy has been made worse and worse by the policies of the current administration," he added. "The middle class is being squeezed dry."

  • Third-grader dies days after stroke

    Gabe Adkins, an 8-year-old student at Robert B. Turner Elementary School, died March 19 following a massive stroke March 10, said Lynne Gritton, Turner's school counselor.

    Gabe was a son of Monica and P.J. Matney of Lawrenceburg, and Phillip Ray Adkins of Mount Sterling. He was in Lori Wells' third-grade class.

    "He had been sick for four or five days before March 10," Gritton said. "But we don't really know what with."

  • Racin' with the Casons

    On March 15, I participated in the second annual Shamrock Shuffle, a 3K race through the streets of downtown Lexington. Moving at my normal turtle-like pace, I had my best race ever.

    As a youngster, I wasn't into distance running. I got into jogging later in life in an attempt to keep my weight down and stay physically fit. But I've never been a serious runner.

  • Here's a cure for summertime blues

    Now that spring has sprung (Easter's snow flurries not withstanding), it won't be long before children are released from school bondage and freed to roam Anderson County in search of fun.

    Some, whose parents fork over 50-plus bucks, will wile away their summer hitting and throwing baseballs and softballs in the county park. Others will give soccer moms another season to exist.